ONLINE DATING AND CATFISHING

Catfishing is a serious problem in online dating. Catfish are people who pretend to be someone they are not online. They create false IDs in order to pursue deceptive online romances. They can string people on for years and apparently, have no remorse for their actions. Getting catfished is such a common problem that filmmaker Nev Schulman made a documentary called Catfish about his own experiences getting duped by a girl he met on Facebook. In the film, he goes on a journey to meet his gorgeous online love in real life. Of course, Nev discovers she wasn’t what she presented herself to be. Not even close. If you haven’t seen the film, I recommend it. It’s a great cautionary tale with a shocking ending. 

301 Comments

  1. Sheila says:

    I recently met a woman who said she had this happen to her. She basically started dating a man and gave him $400 to get his car fixed and never saw him again. Shortly thereafter she had her identity stolen and she thinks this man was involved.

  2. Linda says:

    Never heard of this, but I do know that you have to be careful and not trust the first man you meet. And you never loan them money as I read in one other comment. That is just stupid.

  3. Andrea says:

    I saw a movie on Lifetime about a man that thought he was dating a hot young girl and it turned out to be the girls mother, who was not so hot.

  4. Ethel says:

    This is very prevalent and not just with men taking money, but also stealing identity and date rape.

  5. Alex says:

    I read Sheila’s comment and can’t believe any woman in her right mind would give a man she just met money. Asking for money? That is a true sign that the man is a looser!

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